Gartin Building Courtroom with the Great Seal of the State of Mississippi

Editor will talk about The Mississippi Encyclopedia Jan. 23 at State Law Library

January 22, 2018

Ted Ownby, senior editor of The Mississippi Encyclopedia, will talk about the book on Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the State Law Library in Jackson. The Law Library is on the second floor of the Gartin Justice Building at 450 High Street.

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Ownby is Professor of History and Southern Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi.

The Center for the Study of Southern Culture took on the project in 2003 at the suggestion of Seetha Srinivasan, then the director of the University Press of Mississippi. The 1,451-page work includes more than 1,600 entries by more than 650 scholars. Ownby and Charles Reagan Wilson worked as senior editors with associate editors Ann J. Abadie, Odie Lindsey and James G. Thomas Jr.

The Mississippi Encyclopedia, published in 2017, is the first encyclopedic treatment of the state in 110 years. Promotional material for the book says, “The volume contains entries on every county, every governor, and numerous musicians, writers, artists, and activists. ...The Mississippi Encyclopedia also features long essays on agriculture, archaeology, the civil rights movement, the Civil War, drama, education, the environment, ethnicity, fiction, folk life, food-ways, geography, industry and industrial workers, law, medicine, music, myths and representations, Native Americans, nonfiction, poetry, politics and government, the press, religion, social and economic history, sports, and visual arts.”